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Yukon Legal Symposium (Whitehorse)

Date: October 21, 2022
Location: Best Western Gold Rush Inn

The never-ending employment law developments continue to impact employer obligations and employee working environments. Changes to legislation have meant that organizations need to continually monitor their employment files to ensure they stay updated on the latest legal developments. This full day event will provide an overview of recent decisions, new and updated employment legislation, as well as a preview of emerging trends to watch out for in the new year.

This symposium includes:
• 3 Keynote Presentations
• 1 Mini Super Session
• 1 Interactive Activity in Small Groups
• 5.25 CPD Hours

Paul D. McLean - Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Keynote Session: The Return to a "Post-normal" Workplace

Session description:
As workplaces continue to adapt to the realities of carrying on business with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this session will review current trends in remote work, including vaccine mandates, occupational health and safety obligations, employee monitoring and the right to disconnect.

Paul D. McLeanAbout the Speaker:
Paul McLean is a partner of Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP in Vancouver. Paul has been helping employers across Western Canada resolve workplace law problems for over two decades. He has significant experience in the mining, transportation, education, hospitality, construction and financial sectors.

Recognized as a leading practitioner by Best Lawyers and Lexpert, Paul provides strategic counsel to clients concerning employment litigation, occupational health and safety, shareholder disputes, workers’ compensation, human rights, labour injunctions, CCAA proceedings, workplace class actions and executive compensation issues. Like many lawyers, he frequently finds himself in court or before administrative tribunals and arbitrators.

When not attempting to stop pucks as a beer league goalie, Paul lectures as an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law, where he teaches employment law.

Michael Penner - Kent Employment Law
Keynote Session: Settlement: Resolving Employment Disputes

Session description:
The majority of employment disputes settle prior to litigation. In this session, we will review the movtivations to settle, bargain strategy and specific tools to utilize.

Michael PennerAbout the Speaker:
Michael Penner is a straight-shooter. Known for his no-nonsense, get-the-job-done approach, he is particularly skilled at focusing on the issues that matter amidst the unnecessary "noise" that can come with legal disputes.

After nearly 20 years of legal practice that have included work on complicated high-conflict cases and disputes involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, nothing fazes Michael. Confident and reliable, his ability to assess the possible legal and business outcomes of every case appeals both to clients in conflict and to those seeking to avoid potential workplace problems.

In addition to his superior legal skills, Michael also brings a unique cultural perspective to his work. Early in his legal career, he responded to the needs of our Northern neighbours and moved to Nunavut where he hung a shingle and helped launch the Territory’s inaugural Canadian Bar Association Branch. Five years later, he expanded his practice to include clients in the Northwest Territories. Now located in Victoria, BC, he continues to serve clients across Northern Canada, maintaining his practice credentials in multiple provinces.

Michael’s other unique offering is his extensive experience conducting union arbitrations. Having recently obtained formal certification as a Qualified Arbitrator, he looks forward to sharing his expertise with unions and employers across Vancouver Island. In his off-hours, Michael will continue to stay fit by chasing either his dog, Clover, or opponents on the rugby pitch (where he recently played for the Canada Classics against the US!).

Time: Registration 8:30-9:00am; Presentations 9:00am-4:15 pm (Breakfast, Buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.)

CPD Hours: 5.25

Venue: Best Western Gold Rush Inn, 411 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

If you are GST exempt: Please complete this manual registration form and submit it to pd@cphrbc.ca along with the GST exemption documentation.
Registration Fees: Early Bird Rate
(On or before Sep 26th)
Regular Rate
(After Sep 26th)
Student/Retired Member









Fees and/or agenda are subject to change without notice. All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714

Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to pd@cphrbc.ca.

A full refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be issued for cancellations submitted at least one week prior to an event or workshop. Attendee substitutions are permitted; however, member/non-member rate differences will apply. Please submit cancellation or substitution requests by fax (604-684-3225) or e-mail (
pd@cphrbc.ca). Please note that this policy does not apply to conferences, exams or no-charge registrations. CPHR exam fees are non-refundable if registration is canceled after the registration deadline. Please note our deferral policy.